Make a Wood Sign Using Cricut Stencil Vinyl

For this month’s Movie Monday Challenge, we selected films that remind us of Autumn. When I think of Fall, I think of beautiful leaves and pumpkin patches, but also I think of football. None of the football movies were really sticking out to me though, so Megan at C’mon Get Crafty picked for me and I had a giant duh moment. She suggested Rudy and I don’t know why I didn’t think of it first! Thanks to my husband watching this movie 500 kagillion times, I have also seen it multiple, multiple times. It’s a very sweet movie and it teaches us a lot about determination and holding on to dreams. In fact, a quote from the movie about dreamers led me to Make a Wood Sign Using Cricut Stencil Vinyl.

For this sign project, I chose to use one of the prepainted signs to save on time, but of course, you can get a plain one and paint it yourself with chalk paint. I also used a vinyl stencil this time instead of vinyl lettering like with our Farmhouse Style Windmill Sign. It’s funny, but I accidentally bought this stencil vinyl roll thinking it was transfer tape, so I figured it was about time to use it for its intended purpose. Let’s get started!

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Make a Wood Sign Using Cricut Stencil Vinyl DIY Craft Tutorial

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Make a Wood Sign Using Cricut Stencil Vinyl

Materials

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Make a Wood Sign Using Cricut Stencil Vinyl Steps

1. Open a new project in Cricut Design Space. Create a text box and type in “Sometimes” and then change the font to Cricut’s Varsity Letter. Change the view to show only the solid portion and not the outline. Resize to 11 inches wide.

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2. Copy/ paste that text box five more times and change the text for the other lines to: “a winner” “is a” “dreamer” “who just” “won’t quit”

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3. Adjust your Cricut machine to the custom “stencil vinyl” setting and load it  12×12 piece, grid side up, onto a mat to cut then cut it out.

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4. Before you weed it, cut the vinyl into strips by line so you can place them where you like on the sign. Now, when you weed, simply peel out the letters, leaving the negative space behind.

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5. Cut a strip of the transfer tape and carefully place it over a word strip then peel it off of the backing.

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6. Place the strip on the wood sign and burnish it so the stencil vinyl sticks to the wood. Carefully peel off the transfer tape making sure to leave the tiny center pieces. Repeat for all of the strips.

tip: The stencil vinyl (and most vinyl) tends to be pretty stretchy, so be extra careful when pealing back the transfer tape so you don’t warp the stencil.

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7. Dip the paint dauber into the paint but remove some of the paint by dabbing it off first. Now apply the paint to the stenciled areas, carefully trying not to get paint under the edge of the stencil. The trick is to lightly dab it straight up and down and don’t come in at an angle. Let that paint dry completely before continuing.

tip: I want to mention that the gold paint I used is thicker and doesn’t really pour out of the bottle. If you use thinner paint, it will very likely run under the edge of the stencil on a bumpy wood surface. I’ve linked to my exact gold paint under materials.

8. Once the paint is dry, carefully peel off each word strip.

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9. Now lightly apply the blue chalk paint to the sides only of the sign, leaving bits of the white showing through. Let it dry completely.

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That’s it! Now you know how to Make a Wood Sign Using Cricut Stencil Vinyl. Overall, it was fun to finally use the stencil vinyl as an actual stencil. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleased with the results. I’ll have to try it on fabric next. I plan to hang this sign in my husband’s “man cave” since he loves the movie so much. So are you or someone you love a fan of Rudy, too? Would you make this sign for them?

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If you’d like to see loads of other DIY sign project ideas, be sure to check out Favecrafts. They’re such a huge resource for ideas!

Now it’s time to see all of the other amazing Fall-inspired movie projects!

On the last Monday of each month, a group of bloggers participate in a #MovieMondayChallenge, hosted by C’mon Get Crafty! We decide on a topic, genre, or specific movie to use for inspiration and everyone gets free reign to create something wonderful!

This month’s challenge was. . . . Fall Movies. Everyone was allowed to choose their own favorite Fall-themed film for this challenge.

Now let’s see what everyone else was inspired to create for this month’s #MovieMondayChallenge!! If you’d like to join our Facebook group, you can request an invite here.

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Marie Dabbs

About Marie Dabbs

Hi, I'm Marie. I have been a giant craft nerd for most of my life. I love to experiment with new crafting techniques, even if a few turn out to be epic fails. Over the years and after three kids involved in Scouts and other activities, I discovered my other passion, event planning. I love making my own decorations and styling rooms for parties. I'm at my happiest when I can combine crafts and party styling. It's so much fun!

5 thoughts on “Make a Wood Sign Using Cricut Stencil Vinyl

  1. This is great! I have really wanted to purchase a cricut machine but haven’t. It appears yours comes in very handy! I enjoy the colors you chose also. So much fun to meet you in this group!

    1. Thank you, Paula! I don’t always set out to use my Cricut, but it seems to make most of my craft projects so much better and easier, so why not use it?

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